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LEGO Ninjago City modification ideas

The recently released #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set is considered by many LEGO fans as one of the most interesting, fun and unusual LEGO sets of all time. It is basically an entire city mashed into a LEGO Modular Building, with crazy amount of detail and unique building techniques. If you want to absorb yourself in the LEGO building experience and enjoy every minute of it, and end up with a model that oozes with all the playfulness and creativity LEGO is known for, this is the set to get. 🙂

In our previous discussion of the set (see: LEGO Ninjago City Review & Modular Buildings), we talked about how #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City fits together with the LEGO Modular Buildings – an obvious choice if you already own some of the sets from the collection. And, while the set is not an official LEGO Modular Building, LEGO designers did include the standard LEGO Technic brick and pin connections of the Modulars, indicating that they intended it to be compatible with the series.

The LEGO Technic brick and pin connections on two sides do make the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set easily snap together with any of the LEGO Modular Buildings to form a corner structure. However, the elevated sidewalk and the water of the canal don’t line up with the layout of the LEGO Modular Buildings without some modification. This allows LEGO fans to have even more fun with the set, and use their creativity to work out some solutions. In the picture above, you can see the unaltered connection of the set with the Modular Buildings by JANGBRiCKS (more details here: LEGO Ninjago City Review & Modular Buildings), and below, I will show you some examples of blending the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City together with the LEGO Modular Buildings and other LEGO City settings.

LEGO NINJAGO CITY CONTRACTION: Rather than expanding the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set, LEGO fan masterbrew decided to strip out some of the best parts for a smaller display. This strategy brings up an interesting point; you can take parts of an official LEGO model for a different kind of display than everyone else would have, or use smaller sections of a set as starters for your own custom creations. The now discontinued LEGO Master Builder Academy series offered many such starter models, and discussed how to work with them. And you can get inspiration not just from official LEGO sets, but from the projects, ideas, and discoveries of other LEGO fans.

LEGO NINJAGO CITY BLENDING: LEGO fan jcsum is a master of blending together the LEGO Modular Buildings with structures and landscaping from other LEGO themes, as well as custom models. In the pictures above, you can see the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set next to the LEGO Modular Buildings, and also notice the recently released #21310 LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store tucked in the corner of the layout. See more pictures here: LEGO NINJAGO CITY BLENDING

LEGO NINJAGO CITY EXPANSION: Instead of just blending in the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set with other buildings, how about expanding its funky and fun style and build more structures in a similar vein? LEGO fan Ooer did just that and added a whole other section of stacked up little shops and apartments. You can see more pictures of this project here: LEGO NINJAGO CITY EXPANSION

As you can see, there is lots of fun to be had with the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set. You can build and display it as is, take off sections, build up new sections, add it to other buildings, and customize it to your heart’s content. This is not a set that you will build once and just put on a shelf. It practically begs you to tinker with it, keeping you engaged for a long time. If you don’t have it yet, you can find it under The LEGO Ninjago Movie section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set? Have you built it already? Or are you planning to get it? What modifications you have done or planning to do? Are there any other interesting customizations you have seen by others? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • PrashBricks III September 25, 2017, 12:00 PM

    Isn’t that that huge set, that’s costlier than most modular buildings?
    If I could afford it than this would be a very interesting post, but now I am not so interested, as I can not afford it.

    But I very much appreciate this type of post, so make more of them! I like them better if you do it for affordable sets, like lego creator sets and modular buildings!

    • admin September 25, 2017, 12:18 PM

      We do regularly discuss modifications of the LEGO Creator and LEGO Modular sets, but we can certainly talk about them even more. Also, at least in my experience, even if you don’t get a set, modifications of it can inspire you in your own building. Like for example, you may like a smaller section of the modified Ninjago City, that you could add to your own display. Just an idea. 🙂

      • PrashBricks III September 26, 2017, 1:19 PM

        That’s a great idea, indeed! 🙂
        I might try that! I also like the boat that’s included, so that’s also going to go into my display!

  • DavidH September 25, 2017, 1:46 PM

    Wow! These are really great! Especially the one by jcsum. Sometimes modular extensions don’t look as good, but their blend in perfectly.

  • Legostuff71 September 25, 2017, 2:09 PM

    I would love to get this set and there is a glimmer of hope in the near future. My family said I might get it for Christmas . I know this set ( NINJAGO city ) is going to be very popular. So, I gave my family two choices. 1) the NINJAGO city set or 2) the Assembly square. If they can’t get the first one. In the mean time, I am play catch up on some sets I’ve been putting off for a while.

    • jabber-baby-wocky September 25, 2017, 2:13 PM

      Funny you say that. Those sets are very comparable in both size and price. One is the more proper city layout, and the other is more fun. I don’t htink you would be unhappy with either.

  • jabber-baby-wocky September 25, 2017, 2:12 PM

    Nice modifications. They definitely give me some ideas.

  • Legostuff71 September 25, 2017, 3:37 PM

    I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to combine city, (modular buildings) NINJAGO , the jungle theme and Ultra Agents. I’ve been playing with this idea for a while. Will see how it goes.

    • admin September 25, 2017, 10:06 PM

      Now, that’s an awesome project! 😀

  • TomTom September 25, 2017, 3:56 PM

    I like the smallest display the best. The one with the artistic photo. It looks so nice. Are there pictures from other angles?

    • admin September 25, 2017, 10:06 PM

      Unfortunately that’s the only picture about that project.

  • OhioBricker September 25, 2017, 4:44 PM

    Can’t wait to get this set. I’m not sure where in our town this set will end up, but I’m guessing not in line with the rest of our Modulars.
    However, these are exactly the kind of challenges for which it is so satisfying to figure out the solutions. That is why I love LEGO.

    • admin September 25, 2017, 10:11 PM

      Yes, I also like sets that just beg to be tinkered with. 😀

  • Håkan September 25, 2017, 9:17 PM

    I like the expansion approach. Further pushing the hodge-podge of different building styles and colors…

    • admin September 25, 2017, 10:17 PM

      Yeah, I like that one too. I think it worked out really well. I especially like the red tile roof section. 😀

  • Mav.weirdo September 26, 2017, 9:35 AM

    My plan is similar to masterbrew’s,

    I have been working on putting the lower city, with it’s waterways and raised sidewalks, next to the Old Fishing Shop which has a raised porch. I plan on bringing the water in on 3 sides of the Old Fishing Shop so the two models will be connected by water.

    • admin September 26, 2017, 11:12 AM

      Interesting! Would love to see pictures of your layout once done! 😀

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